England calls up Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley
England coach Roy Hodgson rewarded Andros Townsend and Ross
Barkley for their strong starts to the season by calling them up
for the first time Tuesday for key World Cup qualifiers.
Townsend, a 22-year-old Tottenham winger, was selected three
months after being sanctioned by the English Football Association
for betting breaches and pulling out of the under-21 squad for the
”He was on our radar before the under-21s tournament and has
started so well for Tottenham,” Hodgson said.
Barkley, a 19-year-old midfielder, has already scored for
Everton this season.
”We have given ourselves a chance to look at players who have a
bright future and are capable of making an impact,” Hodgson
Rickie Lambert, a 31-year-old Southampton striker, retained his
place in the squad for the Moldova and Ukraine qualifiers at the
start of September after scoring the winner on his England debut
earlier this month against Scotland.
Daniel Sturridge, who has scored the winner in each of
Liverpool’s games so far this season, returns to the squad after
missing the Scotland friendly through injury. Jermain Defoe retains
his place among the striking options despite not starting yet for
Tottenham this season.
Wayne Rooney, though, can expect to lead the strike force
against Moldova at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 6 and in Kiev against
Ukraine on Sept. 10.
The Manchester United striker will be on England duty when the
transfer window closes on Monday, although the chances of him
moving to Chelsea appear to be fading.
Joe Hart remains Hodgson’s first-choice goalkeeper despite a
blunder in the Scotland game and concerns about his performances
for Manchester City.
”When you do make a mistake you are going to be criticized for
it, but if he is going to continue as a top level goalkeeper, and I
am sure he will, these are moments he will have to survive,”
Hodgson said. ”We can’t deny that when you let goals in that you
could have saved unfortunately it does affect your confidence.
That’s a fact of life, but I am expecting him to come here as full
of desire and enthusiasm as he usually does.”
England is second in its qualifying group, two points behind
Montenegro with five games remaining.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester
City), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea),
Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson
(Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling
(Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester
United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard
(Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester
City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham),
Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Rickie Lambert
(Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge
(Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young